Shigeru Ban Takes His Relief Architecture to Ecuador

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Shigeru Ban visiting Nepal after the country's 2015 earthquake
Shigeru Ban visiting Nepal after the country's 2015 earthquake
Shigeru Ban visiting Nepal after the country's 2015 earthquake
Shigeru Ban visiting Nepal after the country’s 2015 earthquake

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban is once more jumping into disaster-relief efforts. The cardboard-wielding starchitect traveled to Ecuador earlier this week, according to Dezeen, to provide architectural training and brainpower in the wake of the deadly earthquake April 16 earthquake, which has killed more than 650 people and displaced another 26,000 from their homes.

Ban is perhaps best known for designing emergency shelters and museums using widely available and recyclable materials including cardboard tubes and paper.

“I want to make a balance of working for the privileged people and working for the disaster,” Ban told Dezeen in 2014 after receiving the Pritzker. “And it’s becoming that there is no difference for me.”

The architect’s commitment to disaster relief efforts began in the 1990s and eventually led him to create the non-profit Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN), an NGO that deploys Ban’s designs around the world wherever they are needed, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka, Japan, Haiti, Nepal, and now Ecuador. […]

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